William Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, recently visited Toronto, bringing his views on the U.S. election. Kristol, who worked in the White House of George Bush Sr., was the first of four prominent speakers in the privately organized Grano lecture series on the American Empire.By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Ian Gill, a former journalist, found it a sad irony that newsrooms were intolerant of free speech and new ideas. So a decade ago he quit and founded Vancouverbased Ecotrust Canada, an organization, now 30-strong, that promotes eco-friendly ventures in coastal B.C. Gill sought to build a group unafraid to challenge the status quo-a small employer with big ambitions.By KEN MACQUEEN
OVER DINNER in Ottawa a few months ago, a cabinet minister said it was like pulling teeth to get anything out of his department’s bureaucrats about the way other countries are governed, unless the countries in question are the United States or Great Britain.
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ELEVATED François Rolland, 53, an eightyear veteran of the Quebec Superior Court, took over as chief justice on Oct. 1. He replaces Lyse Lemieux, 68, who resigned in August after being charged with driving while impaired, following an evening bridge game.
TRAVELLING TO and from Yellowknife several weeks ago, my wife and I flew on the Innuowned Canadian North airline. It was terrific: staff were helpful and cheerful, the caribou stew would be a treat in any restaurant—never mind measured against regular airline food—and one flight attendant in particular, a multilingual guy of Peruvian origin named Alberto, was as entertaining as he was efficient in keeping people happy over a six-hour period.
BORN IN THE BLOODY Nigerian civil war of the early 1970s, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) has become the most famous—and contentious—medical relief group in the world. The recipient of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize, MSF is denounced by some in the international aid community for its political outspokenness, and praised by others for the same reason.
BEING COAXED by a friend to travel to the Big Owe, way out in the east end, for yet another ultimate Last Major League Baseball Game in Montreal was a bit like hearing that Cat Stevens has been barred as a security risk from the U.S., or that Brigitte Bardot has just turned 70.By BENOIT AUBIN
“WE WANT TO GO eye shopping,” Kim Sang Don said to me. “Why?” I asked. “Has someone suffered a severe injury?” I couldn’t imagine any other reason why an 18-year-old Korean student and his friends would want to visit an oculist. “Eye shopping!” he repeated.By TERRY WILDE
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